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Nos. 19 and 20. Oblong Table for a Eestaurant. Mr. Flattich, Archt., Vienna.
Marble slab with iron foot, from Prince Salm's Manufactory, Blansko, Moravia.
Groundplan No. 4 of Supplement.
A novelty in the manufacture of encaustic and other orna-
mental tiles, has been introduced for some time by the Architec-
tural Pottery Company. The patterns which have hitherto been
inlaid in self colours, have in this process been produced by an
admixture of coloured materials very finely prepared, which give
the appearance of inlaying of granites and Florentine mosaics
according to the combinations of colours used and may also be
applied either in the ornament or as a ground. This contrast of
coloured ornament against the ground has a pleasing effect, and
is capable of introduction in elaborate ornamentation. We are at
the same time assured that this process intensifies the hardness of
the surface, rendering the pavement still more durable. The
ornament is more deeply inlaid than is customary on this des-
cription of manufactures, and the outlines are symmetrical.
New Process of Casting Refractory Metals.
This process is of American origin , and by it exact castings
of plain, chased, or elaborately embossed work can be produced
in brass, iron, bronze, etc., without any skilled labour, after the
production of one pattern. Hithertho the common loam moulds
have only given out rough impressions, which for ornamented
objects had to be laboriously finished by skilled workmen with
delicate tools. By the new invention the pattern is laid on in
oiled foundation plate and besmeared with fine wet clay, after
which it is buried in a box in mixed clay and sand, which is
pressed downwards until it assumes the consistency of an unbaked
brick. The clay cake is then carefully removed from the box,
turned upside down upon a table, and the pattern lifted from the
bottom by means of a small gutta percha suction ball, leaving an
impression in the vacuum. The mould, for such the cake then
becomes, is hardened to a sufficient degree in a stove, and is
then packed closely with others, for many can be used at once,
in an airtight receptacle. The fused metal is then poured from
the crucible into a channel opened into the vessel, and, aided by
a pressing machine, forces itself into every crevice of the mould;
the latter are afterwards taken out into the open air, and broken
with hammers, and fac similes of the pattern used are found im-
bedded in them. The most minute lines are clearly produced,
and it is said that medallion-working, type-casting, and file-making
can be accomplished by the invention.
Discovery in Palestine.
An important discovery is said, by the North German Corre-
spondent, to have been made at Jerusalem. It is an old stone,
bearing the figure of a god sitting on a throne, with priests on
both sides, and a Hunyaritish inscription two lines in length. li
was brought from Yeman, and was offered for sale. Dr. Oscar
Meyer, the Chancellor of the North German Confederate Consulate,
obtained an impression, which is at present in the hands of the
Confederate Consul, Dr. Blau, who is residing for a time in Berlin,
The inscription is said to contain the name of "Athtar" or Astarte.
Cordova International Exhibition 1870 — 1871.
An exhibition of works of art, manufactures, produce, etc.,
will take place at Cordova, from October 15^^ 1870, to January
15tb 1871, under the management of a board of directors appointed
by decree of the national government, dated December 9^^ 1868.
In addition to the contributions of native exhibitors, certain manu-
factures are specially invited from foreign countries.